671On the roads of castles

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Itinerary description:

Castles and stories about knights and witches await you on the cycling trail starting and finishing in Svetvinčenat or Savičenta. A route full of incredible historical and natural attractions passes through the settlements of Krančići, Rapanji and Smoljanci. Immediately at the beginning of the itinerary in the Renaissance town of Svetvinčenat, you will be welcomed by the well-known Morosini-Grimani castle, which dominates the town and conceals a number of legends. The story about an unfortunate witch called Mare has been revived in a virtual walk and you can even try to defend the castle from an invasion of uninvited knights.The trail also reveals the wooden castle of St. Michael built from spruce where you can explore some of the dark secrets of medieval times and discover a number of torture devices, a dungeon for witches and even a suitcase for 'disobedient' children!Besides its turbulent history, the area around Svetvinčenat is also known for its unmistakable ponds so that your trail passes by one of those in Krančići. Besides the olive groves and vineyards you will also ride along roads ornamented with some lovely chapels. On your way returning to Svetvinčenat, make a stop by St. Vincent’s church next to the cemetery. It was built close to the former Benedictine monastery around which this charming town developed. Its interior hides three layers of wall frescoes.

Technical specifications:

Although it is not overly long, you will need approximately two hours and 20 minutes of bike ride to pass this trail trail where you will see  beutiful castles. The route is 11,8 km long, 3,8 km of macadam paths, and 8 km of trails run along asphalted roads. The height difference is 136 meters, and is suitable for trekking bicycles, electric bicycles and mountain bikes.


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